19 September 2018

Ten years after the financial crash
Wall Street pay up 13 percent while workers’ wages stagnate

By Barry Grey, 19 September 2018

The average pay of Wall Street traders and brokers rose to $422,500.

Ten years after Lehman: New financial crises in the making

Ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers

Moscow blames downing of Russian plane near Syria on Israeli “provocation”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2018

The killing of 15 Russian military personnel off the coast of Latakia has ratcheted up dangerous military tensions in Syria.

Russian aircraft shot down during Israeli missile attack on main Syrian government port

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria

More on the wars in the Middle East »

New police raids and Europe-wide manhunt against G20 opponents

By Sven Heymanns, 19 September 2019

While neo-Nazis are hunting down immigrants in German cities, the police ransacked 15 apartments and arrested a person for alleged involvement in “left-wing extremist” riots in Hamburg.

German Social Democrats feign opposition to fascist AfD

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

German neo-Nazis attack Jewish restaurant during far-right riot in Chemnitz

German Left Party leaders launch right-wing #Standup initiative

German government places Socialist Equality Party on subversive watch list

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

China retaliates against US trade war measures

By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2018

The escalating trade war is heightening economic instability and fueling geo-political tensions, not only between the US and China, but internationally.

Tropical Storm Florence inundates toxic manure ponds, coal ash dumps in the Carolinas

By Ed Hightower, 19 September 2018

The storm’s devastating impact demonstrates the immense costs of deregulation on the one hand and the need for socialist planning and public ownership of industry on the other.

Thirty-one dead as Hurricane Florence continues to ravage the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence kills five in North Carolina, leaves nearly one million without power

Hurricane Florence exposes disastrous state of US infrastructure

Unions shut down Washington teacher strikes

By Kayla Costa, 19 September 2018

The experiences of teachers in Washington provide critical lessons for educators and other sections of workers coming into struggle.

Washington state strikes continue as Tumwater teachers defy back-to-work order

Reject the sellout in Seattle! For a statewide and national teachers strike!

French far-right tough defends fascist murder of Méric: “He asked for it!”

By Anthony Torres, 19 September 2018

The provocative statements underscore that the fascist murder of Méric was a political act carried out in close connection to powerful forces inside the police apparatus.

French neo-fascists who killed Clément Méric receive short jail terms

By Anthony Torres, 19 September 2018

In France, Mélenchon advisor hails Wagenknecht’s anti-immigrant Aufstehen group

UK: Fresh novichok allegations used to escalate anti-Russia offensive

By Thomas Scripps, 19 September 2018

The crucial question is not to uncover every aspect of the dealings between spies of capitalist states, but to understand to what ends the British narrative of the Skripal affair is being pursued.

Labour’s John McDonnell embraces Blairite “new economy” plan

By Laura Tiernan, 19 September 2018

Labour’s endorsement of the IPPR plan makes clear that, behind the talk about governing “for the many, not the few,” Corbyn and his allies are adopting trade war policies.

Facebook expands censorship to photos and videos

By Mike Ingram, 18 September 2018

Facebook’s “fact-checkers” will now censor not just web articles, but image macros and political videos.

Facebook censors ThinkProgress

Report shows that US police militarization does not reduce crime

By Erik Schreiber, 19 September 2018

The results of the study directly contradict the assertions of law enforcement officials across the country.

Peru’s supreme court sentences Shining Path leaders to new life prison terms

By Cesar Uco, 19 September 2018

The new terror trial came in the midst of a wave of corruption scandals enveloping the entire Peruvian state apparatus.

Australia’s financial newspaper warns of another global crash

By Mike Head, 19 September 2018

The prospect of a financial meltdown is propelling a drive to refashion the political establishment to suppress the anticipated eruption of working-class unrest.

Western Australia: Indigenous boys drown trying to escape police

By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2018

The two teenagers were so terrified of being taken into police custody that they tried to escape by swimming across a dangerous river.

New in Russian

Пятьдесят лет вторжению войск Варшавского договора в Чехословакию
Часть 2: «Пражская весна»

Клара Вайс, 19 сентября 2018 г.

В ночь с 20 на 21 августа 1968 года десятки тысяч солдат государств Варшавского договора вторглись в Чехословакию для подавления «Пражской весны» и удушения зарождавшегося движения рабочего класса. Это вторая часть серии из четырех статей.

New in Turkish

ABD-Çin ticaret savaşının olası sonuçları

Nick Beams, 19 Eylül 2018

ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, 200 milyar dolar değerindeki Çin malına gümrük vergileri getirildiğini duyurdu.

İstanbul 3. Havaalanı’ndaki eylemin ardından yüzlerce inşaat işçisi gözaltına alındı

Jerry White, 19 Eylül 2018

Türkiye’deki yüzlerce inşaat işçisi, İstanbul’daki yeni havaalanı şantiyesindeki ölümcül çalışma koşullarına karşı kitlesel protestolar düzenlemelerinin ardından, polis ve jandarma tarafından gözaltına alındılar.

Rus uçağı, İsrail’in Lazkiye’ye füze saldırısı sırasında düştü

Bill Van Auken, 19 Eylül 2018

Suriye’deki mücadelede yoğunlaşan patlayıcı jeopolitik çatışmalar, çok daha geniş bir bölgesel ve hatta küresel bir savaş biçiminde patlak verme tehdidi yaratıyor.

İsrail füzeleri Şam yakınlarını hedef aldı

Jordan Shilton, 19 Eylül 2018

Cumartesi akşamı, İsrail, Şam Uluslararası Havaalanı yakınlarındaki hedeflere bir dizi füze saldırısı düzenledi.

New in French

Un avion russe abattu lors d’une attaque de missiles israéliens sur le principal port du gouvernement syrien

Bill Van Auken, 19 septembre 2018

Des sources russes ont rapporté qu’ils ont traqué des missiles lancés par une frégate français au moment que leur avion a été abattu

Les implications de la guerre commerciale américano-chinoise

Nick Beams, 19 septembre 2018

Les deux plus grandes économies du monde sont entrées dans une guerre commerciale qui s’accroît rapidement, avec de vastes conséquences mondiales.

Des dirigeants de la pseudo-gauche espagnole saluent le gouvernement néo-fasciste italien

Alejandro López, 19 septembre 2018

Quelques semaines après que Sahra Wagenknecht a lancé le mouvement anti-immigrant #Aufstehen, des personnalités de Podemos discutent d’alliances avec des forces de droite.

Québec: La CAQ, parti populiste de droite, exploite la désaffection à l’égard des partis traditionnels

Laurent Lafrance, 19 septembre 2018

La CAQ ne peut se positionner comme le «parti du changement» que parce que les syndicats ont fait dérailler toute une série de luttes sociales explosives contre le programme d’austérité des grandes entreprises.

La campagne populiste de François Ruffin aux élections législatives en France

Antoine Lerougetel, 19 septembre 2018

Dans l’Affaire Benalla, le député apparenté LFI (La France insoumise) de la première circonscription de la Somme, François Ruffin, a défendu l’action des forces de l’ordre contre les manifestations au 1er Mai dans une interview sur BFMTV. Nous publions ici un article paru lors de sa candidature en juin 2017

New in Spanish

Las implicancias de la guerra comercial entre Estados Unidos y China

Por Nick Beams, 19 septiembre 2018

Las dos economías más grandes del mundo se han embarcado en una guerra comercial cada vez más acelerada y con consecuencias vastas y globales.

El primer ministro japonés busca mejores relaciones con Rusia

Por Ben McGrath, 19 septiembre 2018

Japón está viéndose sometido a cada vez más presión como resultado de las medidas proteccionistas de Washington, las cuales están agudizando la instabilidad en toda la región de Asia-Pacífico.

En Francia, el asesor de Mélenchon aclama grupo antiinmigrantes Aufstehen de Wagenknecht

Por Alex Lantier, 19 septiembre 2018

Kuzmanovic considera la línea xenofóbica de Aufstehen como estrategia para conseguir votos de trabajadores para La France Insoumise de Mélenchon.

New in German

Der korrupte Nexus des Silicon Valley: Krieg, Zensur und Ungleichheit

Andre Damon, 18. September 2018

Der Auftritt von Amazon-Chef Jeff Bezos auf der Jahreskonferenz der Air Force Association verkörpert die Fusion der amerikanischen Technologiemonopole mit dem staatlichen Unterdrückungsapparat.

Türkei: Hunderte Verhaftungen nach Zusammenstößen zwischen Bauarbeitern und Sicherheitskräften

Jerry White, 18. September 2018

Nach der jüngsten Serie von teils tödlichen Unfällen auf einer Baustelle bei Istanbul legten am Freitag tausende Arbeiter die Werkzeuge nieder.

25 Jahre nach Oslo: Palästinenser in katastrophaler Lage

Bill van Auken, 18. September 2018

Der Jahrestag trifft mit einer Reihe von Strafmaßnahmen Washingtons gegen die Palästinenser zusammen. Die US-Regierung will damit das Natanjahu-Regime in Israel stützen und die Palästinenser zur Unterwerfung zwingen.

#MeToo: Die „Entzauberung“ der Asia Argento

David Walsh, 18. September 2018

Im August wurde bekannt, dass die italienische Schauspielerin Asia Argento, ein mutmaßliches Opfer Harvey Weinsteins, 2013 den damals 17-jährigen Jimmy Bennett sexuell genötigt haben soll.

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Perspective

Brett Kavanaugh and the role—once again—of sexual misconduct allegations in American politics

19 September 2018

The New York Times, Washington Post, leading Democrats and other establishment figures are attempting to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination on the grounds of an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

Twenty years since the death of Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin

By David North, 18 September 2018

On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Vadim Rogovin, we republish two tributes to the greatest Soviet and Russian Marxist sociologist and historian of the second half of the twentieth century.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Vote for Niles! Fight for Socialism!

Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party's candidate for US congress, is fighting for genuine revolutionary socialism for workers and youth in Michigan's 12th district and all around the world. Find out more at Niles2018.com

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Support the fight of University of Michigan nurses!

By Niles Niemuth, 18 September 2018

Campaign events for Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth
Socialism: What it is and how to fight for it

18 September 2018

Socialist Equality Party campaign for Michigan’s 12th congressional district website

16 August 2018

Visit our website to find out how you can get involved in Niles Niemuth’s campaign against war, inequality and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

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SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit

“Why the working class needs socialism” Large turnout to hear SEP candidate Niles Niemuth at University of Michigan

Teachers must link up their fight with educators nationally and internationally!

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth on ballot for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District

Socialist Equality Party

80th anniversary of the Fourth International and 50th anniversary of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
David North to address meetings in Sri Lanka on the lessons of the history and contemporary struggle for socialism

Understanding the historic fight waged by the Fourth International and the SEP for the revolutionary leadership of the international working class is vital for the emerging class struggles.

Commentary

Silicon Valley’s corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018

The implications of US-China trade war

By Nick Beams, 18 September 2018

Assault allegation puts question mark over Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 18 September 2018

Manafort guilty plea, cooperation deal rock Trump White House

A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics

The canonization of John McCain: Media, political establishment turn warmonger into saint

Top Spanish pseudo-lefts hail Italian neo-fascist government

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2018

Quebec: Right-wing populist CAQ exploits disaffection with traditional parties

By Laurent Lafrance, 18 September 2018

The CAQ is able to posture as the “party of change” only because the unions have derailed a series of explosive social struggles against big business’ austerity agenda.

Arts Review

Hal: A documentary about American filmmaker Hal Ashby (The Last Detail, Shampoo, Coming Home)

By David Walsh, 18 September 2018

Operation Finale depicts the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

By Fred Mazelis, 15 September 2018

Workers Struggles

“We have to join our struggles together”
Chicago Ford autoworkers support hotel workers on strike

By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 18 September 2018

“All the hotel workers should go on strike”
Chicago hotel workers continue walkout as workers throughout the US vote to strike

Hundreds arrested as construction workers at Turkish airport clash with security forces

By Jerry White, 17 September 2018

Growing anger over injury of autoworker in Kokomo, Indiana

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2018

Teacher strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania wins broad support

By our reporter, 15 September 2018

As Teamsters pushes for “yes” vote on concessions contract
UPS unveils $1 billion cost-cutting “transformation plan”

By Will Morrow, 15 September 2018

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

Teamsters announces October 5 vote deadline
Vote “no” on the UPS-Teamsters sellout contract! Form rank-and-file committees to organize opposition!

More on the struggle at UPS »

United Steelworkers block strike of US steelworkers

By Samuel Davidson, 15 September 2018

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Australia: Reject NTEU sellout at Macquarie University! For a unified national struggle against cuts!

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) forum reviews lessons of nursing union sellout

IYSSE

US schools hiring private companies to spy on students’ social media

By Trévon Austin, 17 September 2018

Growing support for socialism among students across the US

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 12 September 2018

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and take up the fight for socialism!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 31 August 2018

25 years ago: Yeltsin assumes dictatorial powers in Russia

On September 21, 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin disbanded parliament, suspended the constitution and assumed dictatorial powers, blowing to pieces the pretense that his regime represented the development of “democracy” in Russia after the dissolution of the USSR.

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50 years: US, China in first contact on normalizing relations

On September 17, 1968, the US State Department sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China.

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75 years ago: German troops massacre Italian soldiers

On September 20, 1943, German firing squads acting under orders from Adolf Hitler began executing Italian soldiers on the occupied Greek island of Kefalonia.

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100 years ago: British forces rout Turkish army in Palestine

On September 21, 1918,British aircraft bombed and machine-gunned the remnants of the Turkish 7th and 8th Armies near Nablus in Palestine as part of an offensive which opened the road to the Syrian capital of Damascus.

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History of the Fourth International

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

The founding of the Fourth International on September 3, 1938, was an event of great historical significance and contemporary relevance.

Historic discovery of Left Opposition manuscripts from the early 1930s

Mehring Books

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

15 September 2018

The new edition of the foundational 1988 work by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available for order in the UK and Ireland.

International Amazon Workers Voice

Injured Amazon worker Angela: “If workers controlled Bezos’ billions, nobody would be homeless”

The International Amazon Workers Voice (IAWV) spoke to Angela Shelton, an injured worker at the DFW7 Amazon fulfillment center in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where a number of injured workers have recently been made homeless.

“Amazon thinks I’m a piece of trash on the ground and they’ll walk all over me”
Amazon Nightmare: Grandmother injured on the job goes homeless, suffers pneumonia

By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 3 September 2018

Life under capitalism for an American youth
Injured Texas Wal-Mart worker describes how and why she switched to socialism

By Eric London, 5 September 2018

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Public meetings in Australia

Nick Beams to lecture at Australian universities on the contemporary significance of Karl Marx

6 September 2018

The lectures will make clear that Marx’s theoretical breakthroughs were inextricably linked to his political work as a revolutionary determined to arm the emerging working class with a program that advanced its independent interests.

SEP Australia public meeting in Sydney: The key political issues behind the coup against Turnbull

6 September 2018

As international relations and parliamentary forms of rule break down, the ruling elite is terrified of the growing left-wing sentiment among workers and young people.

Science

Waste plastics poison the food chain and contribute to global warming

By Philip Guelpa, 7 September 2018

Book Review

Olen Steinhauer’s The Middleman: An American uprising, darkly imagined

By James Brookfield, 5 September 2018

At the outset of The Middleman a group of approximately 400 Americans scattered throughout the country suddenly disappear from their day-to-day lives without telling friends and family.

Seymour Hersh’s Reporter: A life exposing government lies and crimes

By Andre Damon, 3 September 2018

Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who played a leading role in exposing the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Bush Administration’s torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, has published a long-awaited autobiography.

History

Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part one
Establishment of a deformed workers’ state in Czechoslovakia

By Clara Weiss, 28 August 2018

On August 20-21, 1968, tens of thousands of troops of the Warsaw Pact states invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” and stifle a nascent movement of the working class. This is the first part of a four-part series.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Obituary

Arsène Tchakarian (1916–2018): The Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 1: The political origins and military record of the resistance fighters

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 30 August 2018

Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): the Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 2: Who betrayed the Manouchian Group?

International Committee of the Fourth International

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
The Resurgence of Class Struggle and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

8 August 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held from July 22–27, 2018.

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 21 June 2018

We are posting the new preface written by David North for the soon to be released thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International.

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

Security and the Fourth International

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

Defend Julian Assange!

London: Ecuador embassy vigil marks six years since Julian Assange granted asylum

By Paul Mitchell, 18 August 2018

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018

Mueller investigation seeks to implicate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in “Russian interference”

Protest in London against Ecuadorian President Moreno’s persecution of Julian Assange

The Turnbull government must act to repatriate Australian citizen Julian Assange to Australia

Bringing Julian Assange Home

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.